Gunmen attack school in Nigeria's Bauchi, kill child

Unknown gunmen attacked the staff quarters of Government Girls Secondary School Yana in the Shira, five-year-old girl killed in the fire

Gunmen attack school in Nigeria's Bauchi, kill child

Unknown gunmen attacked in the early hours of Sunday a secondary school in Nigeria's northeast Bauchi state, killing a five-year-old girl.

"Unknown gunmen attacked the staff quarters of Government Girls Secondary School Yana in the Shira local government area of Bauchi around 2a.m," police spokesman Haruna Mohamed told reporters.

"They set the school bus and some buildings ablaze," he added.

"A five-year-old girl was killed in the fire while they also destroyed the vault of a bank," Mohamed said.

According to the police spokesman, security agents are trailing the assailants.

It is not immediately clear whether the attack was related to the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging northern Nigeria.

Boko Haram has struck in Bauchi in the past.

A bloody jailbreak staged by Boko Haram members in Bauchi in 2009 actually brought the group to international limelight, resulting in the arrest of its late leader Mohamed Yusuf.

Yusuf was later killed while in police custody.

In the years since, Boko Haram - a hitherto peaceful organization that had preached against government corruption - has been blamed for thousands of attacks.

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